WFSB’s Better Connecticut co-host, Scot Haney came by to check out my fun idea for Halloween night…set up an outdoor party spot! Any patio, porch, or terrace will do!

Here are my 12 decorating tips to create a boo-tiful little spot for you and your friends to enjoy:

  1. A small table for the bar. I used a small demi-lune table from the living room.
  2. Seating. My old Adirondack chairs do the trick, as well as a bale of hay.
  3. A coffee table for the seating area. I used a bale of hay, and topped it off with an old wooden board.
  4. Wooly, cozy throw blankets to fend off the evening’s chill.
  5. Ornamental cabbages potted up in outdoor pots.
  6. For the bar: Glass hurricanes for candy corn and candle light, as well as an ice bucket.
  7. Spider, scorpion, and gummy worm ice cubes: Ice trays filled with water, plastic bugs, and gummy worms.
  8. Local spirits, and All Hallow’s Eve Blood Punch (see recipe here.)
  9. Footed glasses are tied with raffia.
  10. Crows from the dollar store are dotted throughout the space.
  11. Butternut Squash & Garlic Dip with Toasted Tortilla Chips (see recipe here.)
  12. My new Nora Murphy Country House candles, scent: Apple Picking, for intimate lighting and setting the mood with a quintessential autumn scent! Ahhh….

Click here to see more details, here’s my latest Better Connecticut segment in creating this Halloween Wine & Spirits Outdoor Lounge.

Enjoy, and Happy Halloween!

Love, Nora


  1. Nancy Sargent on November 1, 2017 at 10:15 am

    Good morning Nora …..Hello ,I”m Nancy from the finger lakes area in New York…Are you posting the November Calendar soon …So We all can download to our computer wallpaper…I sell real estate and your wonderful calendar is what my clients see first on my computer…I get so many great comments on it…Thanks so much for them..Nancy

    • Nora on November 1, 2017 at 10:32 am

      Good morning Nancy! It’s up! And just so you know…you can download any calendar anytime you’d like to by going to GOODIES on my site.
      Do enjoy….and so happy you have it on your computer for clients to see!! Thank you so very much! Happy November! Love, Nora

  2. Nancy Sargent on November 1, 2017 at 10:48 am

    I got it, and its wonderful as always ….And I will download December now…Thanks

  3. Agnieszka on November 4, 2017 at 7:48 am

    I met Norah in a restaurant in London where I work. is a lovely person who gives positive energy.
    The blog is full of great ideas.
    Norah i wish you all the best
    Agnes-zka 🙂

  4. Roseann on November 5, 2017 at 11:57 am

    I’m a newbie to your site and love love love it!!! Holiday question..if cranberries are used as a filler in a glass vase… fresh vs thawed frozen? And how long do they usually last.. inside out of direct light
    Thanking you in advance

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